Chuck Doswell's

Photography Page


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NOTICE: These images have been scanned from original slides, with some digital enhancement (touch-ups of dirt on the slides when scanned, and some enhancement of the original scanned images to make them look more like the original slides). I do not alter my images digitally to put in things that were not originally in the image or remove things that were originally in the image, and I do not make digital composites. I am personally opposed to such image manipulations unless they are admitted to clearly and obviously.

Last updated: 26 March 1998 (above notice added)

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My original forays into amateur photography began in Viet Nam and it has quickly evolved into a serious hobby. I have provided some photo tips and some basic photographic concepts for anyone interested in outdoor photography. I also have some images that can be bought from the NSSL/SPC Employees Association (see their gallery for a selection).

As a storm chaser, it was quite natural for this hobby to cross over into my work, documenting clouds, like this one, showing crepuscular rays:

© C. Doswell

or this one, with a backlit towering cumulus:

© C. Doswell

or this one, illustrating the beauty of a cumulonimbus lit by alpenglow:

© C. Doswell

or this one showing wave clouds over the Front Ranges of the Rocky Mountains from my former home in Longmont, Colorado:

© C. Doswell

and storms, such as this one near Lamesa, Texas:

© C. Doswell

or this tornado near Archer City, Texas:

© C. Doswell

or this dusty tornado near Alfalfa, Oklahoma:

© C. Doswell

or this tornado in the process of leaving Union City, Oklahoma:

© C. Doswell

or this multicell storm near El Dorado, Texas:

© C. Doswell

or these mammatus clouds near Fairview, Oklahoma:

© C. Doswell

or a tornado near Hodges, Texas:

© C. Doswell

In doing this, it quickly became clear that existing materials for spotter training (in the late 1970s) were woefully inadequate, so some colleagues and I got together and used some of our pictures to develop a basic storm spotters slide program:

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for NOAA. We followed this up with an advanced storm spotter's slide program:

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for NOAA a few years later. This work has been particularly gratifying since it has combined my hobby with my career in a way to benefit others; there can be no doubt that these spotter training materials have helped volunteer spotters save lives in their communities.

I also enjoy photographing lightning like this example:

© C. Doswell

This is more of a fun thing than my cloud photography, which has served my serious science, as well as indulging my photographic hobbyist's interest.


The plains

Getting out onto the plains of the U.S. during storm chasing has acquainted me with a lot of real estate in the central U.S., and I have developed a deep love for the plains in any season, collecting images such as the following:

A nice prairie sunset in Oklahoma:

© C. Doswell

Tall grass near Black Mesa State Park in the Oklahoma panhandle:

© C. Doswell

Wildflowers and a thunderstorm near Black Mesa:

© C. Doswell

A delightfully empty Texas prairie:

© C. Doswell

A plowed field and an abandoned farmhome near Childress, Texas:

© C. Doswell

Additional weather- and plains-related images can be found in my spring storm-chase summaries ... for 1995, 1996, and 1997 currently. I also have a home Website with more images available there.


Travel

While travelling about the world as a professional scientist, I have had a chance to see and photograph many interesting locations, including places like Prague in the Czech Republic (Prague Castle, at night):

© C. Doswell

or Sydney, Australia (the famous Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge):

© C. Doswell

or Tokyo, Japan (in the Imperial Gardens):

© C. Doswell

Recently, on a visit to San Francisco State University, I was able to see the foggy marine layer of the eastern Pacific spilling over the coastal mountains, a treat combining business and pleasure:

© C. Doswell

One of the advantages to meteorology is that it happens everywhere in the world, so if you can convince someone you need to go there, it's possible to see a lot of the world. I have recently had a visit to Mallorca and images from the trip can be found here.


Fun Photography

Finally, there are some pure fun things that I do with photography! Here's a plant species unique to the Wichita Mountains of southwestern Oklahoma:

© C. Doswell

This is an interesting image often seen on a sunny day here in the southern plains:

© C. Doswell

Once in awhile I make a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park:

© C. Doswell

and I've been to Kananaskis Park, in Alberta, Canada, too:

© C. Doswell

 

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